-->

Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

[Boxedwidth]

Display Grid Slider

No

Grid Slider Styles

[style1][caption2]

Display Trending Posts

No

Display Author Bio

Display Instagram Footer

no
Powered by Blogger.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Education Write Now: Changing the Way We Think About Relationships


This summer was full of many adventures for me. I flew down into the heart of the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, and I coauthored my very first book titled Education Write Now! I am excited to be able to share some behind-the-scenes insights about this special project with you.


When I was first invited to join the Education Write Now team by Jeff Zoul and Joe Mazza, I was intimidated looking at the list of people I would be writing with. My coauthors are absolutely my education heros, and to have my name on the cover of a book with them is an incredibly humbling honor. Each of them epitomize what it means to be passionate about education, and they consistently put the needs of kids first. If you want to improve your practices or just be inspired by the amount of drive and energy of this group, check out their social media accounts.


The premise of this book is unique for a few reasons.


First, we all flew into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a writer’s retreat for about 72 hours. The goal was to write the entire book (55,000+ words) during our stay. We were each challenged with writing our own chapter, or about 5,000 words. During the 72 hours, we had a regimented schedule that included time to check in with writing partners for feedback, invaluable writing tips and tricks from Routledge Publishing Company, as well as time to write alone. I learned a lot about myself as a writer during these few days. I do my best writing away from everyone else. In fact, most of my chapter was written on day two between the hours of midnight and three o’clock in the morning while alone in my hotel room working in my pj’s. I guess you never know when inspiration is going to hit you.


Second, each of the authors wrote about something urgent in education right now. I had some ideas about what I wanted to write about and topics that were on my heart and burning in my soul lately regarding education. Before my trip, I crowdsourced on Instagram and asked my followers (most of which are educators) what they’d like to see me write about. Overwhelmingly, they asked me to write about standardized assessment pressures, flexible seating and classroom design, and relationships. Luckily for me, those are three topics I felt pretty comfortable with. The topics were determined during the first day of the retreat, and I got to write about relationships in education. #luckyme #winning Specifically, I wrote about ways to build relationships between educators and students, between students, and between educators and families. My chapter offers research as well and simple practical ideas and tips (both my ideas and ideas I received from my PLN on instagram) to implement right away.


Third, while I follow each of the writers on social media, this retreat was the first time actually meeting some of them face-to-face in real life. The respect I have for each of the people I coauthored with grew every hour. They challenged me, supported me, and believed in me. They became more than just coauthors. They became friends.







I hope you’ll enjoy reading this expert from my chapter of the book, Changing the Way We Think About Relationships…
---
Relationships Between Educators and Their Students
I once had a principal approach me a few weeks into school saying he noticed how much effort I was putting into teaching the expectations, routines, and norms. In his next sentence, he expressed concern that I had not dove deeply enough into our content yet. He asked me when I was going to get going on all of the curriculum. I told him that the first six weeks of school were foundational for the relationships I needed to establish and nurture. How could I expect students to learn from me if they did not understand me or trust me? I convinced my principal that I had a handle on everything and that I knew exactly what I was trying to do. As a result of this investment up front, we did not spend much time later that year dealing with management or expectations. Sure, some students needed reminders from time to time, but for the most part we could focus on learning and growing together. My students averaged a growth of 1.9 grade levels that year academically according to our end of the year standardized test (which by the way, relationships are not measured on). I am confident that we would not have seen as much growth if we had not taken the time early in the year to put the focus where it needed to be:  relationships and growing as a classroom family. The following ideas have been classroom tested and are approved by fabulous educators around the world to help empower your students and strengthen your relationship with them.


  • Establish a new tradition to deliver words of affirmation consistently. Each Friday, I write love notes to every single student in my class and I stick it right to their mailbox. I do not write the same message for every child, nor do I write paragraphs for each child. Each child receives a simple sticky note with a unique comment or note from me about something I appreciated or noticed that week. Often times, my students collect these notes in their take-home binders or inside of their lockers. They take such pride in receiving an individualized love note. And you know what’s even cooler? Seeing my kids begin to write love notes to each other and even me. I started to collect the notes throughout the year and displayed them around my bookshelf. I wanted to show kids that I valued their love as much as the valued mine. I have really grown in that respect throughout my career. During the early years of my teaching, if a student told me they loved me, I would often reply with a “thanks” or an awkward hug. I was trained not to be my students’ friends and not to get too personal or close with them. I even had an educator once tell me not to smile until December! That does not work for me. My mom, Deb Hoerth, is my inspiration in all things elementary education. She was my kindergarten teacher, and now in her forty-second year of teaching, she epitomizes what it means to love kids, and I do not recall a single day that she did not smile at us. As a third grade teacher, I tell my students I love them often even if they do not say it first, and #lovenoteFriday is a favorite tradition of mine and the students I serve. Regardless of whether you serve ten kids or hundreds of kids, if you make this tradition or something similar an intentional priority, it will become a reality in your school.
  • Attend your students’ activities outside of school. I can not even begin to count the number of hockey games, baseball games, gymnastics meets, basketball practices at the YMCA (yes, you read that right), swim meets, dance recitals, or Lego league events I have attended over the past ten years. At the beginning of each quarter, I text families asking for the schedule of extracurricular events their children participate in. I explain that I think it is imperative that students know I value them as people and that all of their interests matter to me. Most of the time, parents are surprised that I would take time out of my non-contracted personal life to support their students. For me, I cannot imagine it any other way. Obviously, I cannot attend every event of every child, but I do make every effort to attend at least one event of each child. Yes, I am spending a couple of hours on a weeknight or a Saturday at the event, but the look on the child’s face when they glance over to the sidelines and see me is invaluable. Also, the two hour investment I made on a Saturday pays huge dividends for the entire school year. A modification of this idea comes from Katie Van Dam in Coolidge, Arizona. She puts up a large calendar in her classroom where her students write their special activities like baseball or soccer games. She is able to see which events she can attend, and she said her students use the calendar to attend each other's activities as well. That’s a win-win!


---


While this was just a short sneak peek of my writing, I hope you enjoyed it. This post is actually the third in a series of posts by each of the coauthors about the experience.  You can check out Jeff’s post here and Tony’s post here. The fourth post will be published by one of my new friends, Starr Sackstein. You’ll want to check out what she has to say about this project!




QuickEdit
Kayla Dornfeld
25 Comments
Share :

25 comments:

  1. I can't believe I've never been to this site before, but after going through some of the posts I realized it's new to me. Anyhow, I'm glad I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back often. After submitting the form and applying for the India visa online, you can pay the Indian visa fees online.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We always keep affordable pricing in mind when it comes to the full servicing of your car. Please visit our pricing page to get detailed break-up of our cost-effective BMW service plans.. bmw service dubai

      Delete
  2. Hi there! I thought I've been to this site before, but upon reading some of the content I realized it's brand new to me. Once you apply for an India visa online and submit the form, you can pay your Indian visa fees online.


    ReplyDelete
  3. Extremely overall quite fascinating post. I was searching for this sort of data and delighted in perusing this one. Continue posting. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing.data science course in rohtak

    ReplyDelete
  4. IndodewaQQ adalah situs judi online yang menyediakan permainan dominoqq online serta judi pkv games terpercaya serta merupakan agen situs dewaqq online. IndodewaQQ

    ReplyDelete
  5. Partnering with trusted corporate gifts suppliers to supply you with customised promotional gift items is necessary to enhance your brand presence. promotional gifts dubai

    ReplyDelete
  6. Attempting to express profound gratitude won't just be satisfactory, for the fabulous clearness in your creation. I will in a brief instant get your rss channel to stay instructed with respect to any updates. business analytics course in mysore

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's instructive and you are clearly entirely educated here. You have made me fully aware of differing sees on this point with fascinating and strong substance. data analytics course in kanpur

    ReplyDelete
  8. Video surveillance and CCTV for commercial and business premises is highly effective for keeping your premises secure in deterring burglary, vandalism, trespassing and general crimes. cctv company london

    ReplyDelete
  9. Dry ski slope uk are really a ski slope that only allows the use of ski and offers skiers and snowboarders a special and fun experience.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for this. This is the simplest explanation I can understand given the tons of Explanation here. Biker Boyz Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  11. I really like reading a post that can make people think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!|data science training in jodhpur

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for this work.. how to extend visa in Kenya? Planning to stay in Kenya further for some reasons, however, you must apply for Kenya visa extension then online.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.
    data science training in malaysia

    ReplyDelete
  14. Really nice and interesting post. I was looking for this kind of information and enjoyed reading this one.
    cyber security course in malaysia

    ReplyDelete
  15. In the cat examination, the questions are increasingly being put in such a manner so as to test the decision making ability. Best Wbcs Coaching in Kolkata

    ReplyDelete
  16. We specialise providing eCommerce Websites, wordpress development houston & Magento Development, eCommerce Website Design, Local SEO Houston & Digital Marketing Houston Services.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks for your great article which is both informative and innovative: with the latest updates. It was highly invaluable. Travelers can apply Indian tourist visa for US citizens directly for e-visas online. Therefore, the Indian government has developed an easy-to-use online Indian visa application form that makes it easy to apply for a visa.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I finally found great post here.I will get back here. I just added your blog to my bookmark sites. thanks.Quality posts is the crucial to invite the visitors to visit the web page, that's what this web page is providing.data science course in rohtak

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you. This is a very good article, and it is very useful to all of us. Thank you so much for making it available to us. Keep it up. Good afternoon traveler, I'm so glad to inform you that the Myanmar evisa is now available from the Date of 1st april 2022. You can generate the tourist & business visa request at your leisure.

    ReplyDelete
  20. We are grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. Great work
    data science course in malaysia

    ReplyDelete
  21. Good morning everybody.. Your article is more useful for all the people. Thank you sir.. Many people ask What is Indian visa fee for United States of America? You can read all the info about Indian visa fee on our India eVisa page.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I see some amazingly important and kept up to a length of your strength searching for in your on the site
    cyber security course malaysia

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hey everyone, Foreign citizens can enter India for business purposes. The Indian government allows foreign country citizens to apply for a business e visa India. You can read more info about Indian business visa or an electronic business visa through our India visa website.

    ReplyDelete

[name=Kayla Dornfeld] [img=https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TrfC8pHIkt8/Xdl4ZITd7yI/AAAAAAAAADk/7asaSLMP9Csu-qyUj7JIp64SlO_VXX08ACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/authorbox.png] [description=2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. Mrs. West Fargo International. Internationally Awarded 3rd Grade Teacher. CEO. Global Keynote Speaker. Author. Flexible Seating Pioneer. TEDx Talk Speaker. 2018 Sioux Award Winner. Innovative Education Task Force Leader.]

Follow @topdogteaching